United States Customs, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration, and other regulations must be followed when importing or exporting goods and services. This includes purchasing and transporting products or services in a foreign country for use in a foreign country, purchasing from a foreign country for shipment to the United States, or purchasing in the United States for use in a foreign country.

Because of the large number of regulatory requirements and serious penalties for non-compliance, importing and exporting of hazardous materials is discouraged.

Faculty, staff, and students who serve in various capacities on research and scholarship projects that involve export controls must acquire a level of understanding of the requirements that are appropriate for the role they serve by utilizing available educational, informational, and supporting resources.

From 1 January 2021, any export of chemicals listed in Annex I of the PIC Regulation from Ireland to Great Britain (UK (GB)), will require prior notification to the Irish designated national authority. Notification is submitted via the PIC IT application, ePIC, at least 35 days prior to the expected date of export. In addition, all chemicals listed in the PIC Regulation and exported to Great Britain must be classified, labelled & packaged according to the CLP Regulation. For more information, please see our CLP webpages and our ‘obligations of EU exporters’ webpage for further information.

The export of chemicals listed in Annex I Parts 2 & 3 of the PIC Regulation will additionally require explicit consent from Great Britain prior to export. The designated national authority will request explicit consent from the authority in Great Britain, which is recorded in ePIC and will determine whether export of these chemicals may take place.

Reporting obligations

Exporters of chemicals listed in Annex I of the PIC Regulation must submit an annual report in ePIC confirming export information by 31 March of the following year. Therefore by 31 March 2022, exports of chemicals listed in Annex I of the PIC Regulation to Great Britain (and other non-EU countries) during 2021, must be reported. Please see our webpage for further details.

Imports from Great Britain to the EU from 1 Jan 2021

Notification obligations

From 1 January 2021, the import of chemicals listed in Annex III to the Rotterdam Convention (or Annex I Part 3 of the PIC Regulation) from Great Britain to the EU (Ireland) must be notified by the authority in the exporting country. The EU Commission will provide an import decision to permit or prevent the import of such chemicals. Further specific details can be read in Part A of the Readiness Notice.

Reporting obligations

EU (Irish) importers of chemicals listed in Annex I of the PIC Regulation from Great Britain must submit an annual report in ePIC confirming import information by 31 March of the following year. Therefore by 31 March 2022, imports of chemicals listed in Annex I of the PIC Regulation from Great Britain (and other non-EU countries) during 2021, must be reported. Please see our webpage for further details.

Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol and the implications under the Export/Import Regulation

The Northern Ireland Protocol provides that the PIC Regulation will continue to apply to Northern Ireland for four years following the end of the transition period. During this four year period, shipments of chemicals between Northern Ireland (UK (NI)) and the EU will not be considered as exports/imports under the PIC Regulation. Shipments of chemicals between Northern Ireland and non-EU countries must continue to comply with the Regulation.

The shipment of chemicals listed in Annex I of the PIC Regulation from Northern Ireland to Great Britain will comply with the parts of that Regulation implementing the Rotterdam Convention. Therefore, from 1 January 2021, Northern Irish exporters of chemicals listed in Annex I of the PIC Regulation to Great Britain must notify in ePIC at least 35 days prior to the expected date of export. However, Northern Irish exports of Annex I Part 2 chemicals to Great Britain will not include the additional requirement for explicit consent.

The import of chemicals listed in Annex III to the Rotterdam Convention (or Annex I part 3 of the PIC Regulation) from Great Britain to Northern Ireland will continue to require an import decision of the EU. Further specific details can be read in Part C of the Readiness Notice.